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James Patrick Shelton, Jr.
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    30905 Plymouth Road
    Livonia, MI 48150

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1 of 7 | Posted by: Ken an nancy kenny Stiller - MI

“I adored my Gramps, I so enjoyed my visits and phone calls with him, his stories of his past,growing up, Grandma and the war. He loved Detroit and...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Michelle(shelly) Bakun - MI

“I was o e of his caregivers at Oakmont and harborchase. One of the realist of them all. Still smart and good guy. Over there... Say prayer for the...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Jessica Andrews - Detroit, MI

“Our sincerest condolences on the passing of your dad. He was a proud WW2 veteran who embodied what the "Greatest Generation" symbolizes. A true...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Frank Freeney - Family Friend

“Uncle Jim Ill will always remember you an Auntie Nita an how much you two had the most amazing LOVE for each other just like my mom an Dad so Dance...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Linda Norman - Auburn hills, MI

“The last time I saw Jimmie & Juanita was in 1952. They both were great people. My parents visited many more times & held Jimmie in high regard. He...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Leroy Powell - Branson, MO

“He loved his music. I am a friend of his daughter SHERRYL. One day when we went to see him, we put his music on, & I danced with him, or for him. He...Read More »
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James Patrick Shelton Jr., age 95 of Sterling Heights, formerly of Shelby Township and originally of Warren, died Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Oakmont Sterling Assisted Living in Sterling Heights. He was born April 8, 1922 in Detroit, son of the late James Patrick Sr. and the late Mollie (nee: Mace) Shelton.

At the young age of 20, James received that ominous summons from Uncle Sam to come serve his country as the war was gaining foot, now over a year old. But being of the mind and nature that everyone knew James to possess, it was no surprise that he gladly accepted his role and headed off to join the ranks of the United States Army. But before he could leave home & hearth, there was one special and important event that needed to take place. So on the day before James was slated to head off, December 25, 1942 (that's right,…Christmas Day), he was joined in marriage with the love of his life, Miss Juanita Helen Janeway, with whom he ultimately shared the next 53 years as husband & wife. Together they raised a family of four, kept the home fires burning and the house in order, and grew deeper in love with each passing day.

Oh yeah,…back to the war effort. James entered into his service to our country on December 26, 1942 and received his honorable discharge on October 3, 1945. Within that time, he spent just under 2 years in the European Theater of Operations and received various awards and medals for his distinguished service. Ultimately attaining the rank of Corporal, James was extremely proud to serve his country during World War II and did his part to further the cause of freedom to our allies in the region, and for liberty's sake right here at home. With thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we honor James for his brave and valiant service and his willingness to stand in harm's way on America's behalf. As just one of those from the Greatest Generation, we pause to remember James' sacrifice and the role he played toward America's ultimate VICTORY!

When work was behind him and his responsibilities were all addressed, that's when James' sporty side showed up and often played itself out through his love of softball. This was the sport where he could be a part of a team and strive toward victory together. Much like his military service where he shared an incredible sense of fraternal brotherhood, being a member of the softball team helped provide a more peaceful sense of that brotherhood that made a difference in his life. Another sport he excelled in was boxing. Centered more during his years in the Army, down time for James found him sharin' a bit of the fisticuffs action with his fellow Golden Glove Boxing partners. Though it was more of a singular sport, he simply loved the sparring and the unique exercise he derived each time he donned the gloves. Amidst such a terrible war, the boxing moments supplied just the right dose of medicine to balance it all out.

As for his employment picture, Ford Motor Company was the proud benefactor of James' professional qualities and inherent skills when it came to managing employees, which he effected with excellence as part of the company's personnel team. Known to all as a loyal contributor to Ford's overall success, James was honored to have served the automotive giant for over 45 years before accepting his well-deserved retirement, having attained the position of Personnel Administrator. With a long and dedicated picture of service, James truly set the pace for those who would come after him. And not merely an administrator, it just so happens that Ford had quite the softball team back in the day. Of course, James just couldn't help himself as he missed those words; "Batter Up."

Another fun activity he enjoyed was found in the All American sport of bowling. Hittin' the alleys with a ball that had a bead on those scrawny 10 pins provided James both a challenge,…and the opportunity to share, once again, in competition amongst friends. (That fraternal thing just seemed to be so much a part of James' life.) And not merely in the friendly sort of bowling, James was also a part of 2 bowling leagues that kept him busy well into his 80's. The other sporting highlight that James looked so forward to was each time he got to watch the television and catch some of the "Sports in the D" with his sons and sons-in-law, too. Just James and the Boys catchin' the games together and hoping their coveted Lion's or Tiger's wouldn't turn into a bunch of Kittens.

Lastly,…some of life's most entertaining moments can be found around a card table, and James enjoyed each opportunity he had to sit around that table,…and engaging in the chatter that always accompanied a game of Poker. A little less active than playing a game of softball,…but memory-making nonetheless.

As shared by his children,…James had a penchant and love for God & Country, and was a True Patriot and Christian. Of all the things he instilled into them, the most important was definitely to love God and trust Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior. But James impacted the hearts of his children in another beautiful way as well,…in the way he treated and adored his wife, and their mother. In the Bible, husbands are admonished to "love your wives as Christ loves the church"…a tall order, but one that James took to heart and allowed God to goad him along the way. By answering this call and doing the right and scriptural thing, James leaves an incredible legacy of how to treat a woman,…and moreso, how he impacted four little hearts that grew to adulthood with pride and respect,…and grew to revere their father for taking such good care of Mom.

A loving husband, father, and grandfather, James touched a multitude of hearts and lives in his journey here